After three straight seasons of losing 106+ games, the 2014 Houston Astros turned in an improved 70-92 record. Part of Houston’s resurgent was tied to its impressive home run totals. As a team, Houston clubbed 163 home runs, which ranked third in the American League. Designated hitter Chris Carter hit 37 home runs, which ranked second in the American League. Rookie outfielder George Springer hit 20 home runs, which was the second highest total on the team. Second baseman Jose Altuve won the batting title by hitting .341 and posting 225 hits. Altuve also stole 56 bases and earned the billing as one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball. While Houston has a collection of impressive hitters, its starting rotation is filled with relatively unknown names. Dallas Keuchel was Houston’s best pitcher, posting a 2.93 ERA over 200 innings. Fans are anxiously anticipating the arrival of its two top prospects, pitcher Mark Appel and shortstop Carlos Correa. Both prospects should join the Astros by mid-season. Houston has one of the best farm systems in baseball, so fans are anxiously waiting for their next star player.
On TicketIQ, the average price on the secondary market for Astros Opening Day tickets is $107.75 while the get-in price is $25. Ticket prices for Opening Day 2015 are just the third highest over the last five Opening Days at Minute Maid Park.
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With a loaded farm system and a current roster filled with home run hitters, the future is bright. Fans are hoping Carter can sustain his lofty home run totals. Springer, who was a top five prospect, is also expected to take another step in his development. Correa and Appel should both join the team by the summer, so while this season may not result in a playoff appearance, winning more than 70 games would be a major accomplishment for the Houston Astros.